Mtambo is divisive figure exhibiting disturbing political identity crisis!  

Let me begin where I will end: Minister of Civic Education and National Unity Timothy Mtambo is exhibiting a disturbing political identity crisis that, I shudder to think, will surely cost him his well fought for political capital.

Mtambo: Divisive figure

You see, Mtambo started off as a militant civil rights activist while heading Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

He made his name by being apolitically correct, choosing to side with the struggle of the people than donning hardcore political colours.

However, when he ditched HRDC and formed Citizen for Transformation (CFT) movement, Mtambo went deep into frontline  politics when he endorsed and fully supported the Tonse Alliance.

If we heard him right while forming his political movement, Mtambo’s main political end was to remove the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from power.

In other words, he wanted to remove the DPP from power through working with Tonse Alliance partners without submitting to political ideals of the partners.

The strategy really worked as he managed to capture several Malawians who had lost faith in the behavior of their respective political parties.

However, as of today, Mtambo needs to sit down and reflect his political journey because the dynamics that got CFT started is fast waning.

As already argued, CFT was formed to help remove DPP from power. With DPP out of power, it means CFT’s mission was accomplished; as such, CFT needs to redefine its political relevance especially in the context of Tonse Alliance.

In fact, it’s Mtambo and CFT’s failure to clearly redefine itself that is why Tonse Alliance key partners, MCP and UTM, are at loggerheads in Karonga Central Constituency.

As we all know, Mtambo took quite a controversial decision to support MCP’s candidate Leornard Mwalwanda in the coming Karonga Central by-elections over UTM’s Frank Mwenifumbo.

There is nothing wrong with Mtambo exercising his political choices but there is something terribly wrong when an alliance partner chooses to form another alliance within an already existing alliance. Its sounds like betrayal.

If Mtambo didn’t want CFT to field a candidate in Karonga Central, he would have left CFT members to decide on their own whom, among contesting candidates, they should silently support—just as what other alliance partners have done.

By publicly endorsing support for MCP candidate, I feel like Mtambo wants to use CFT to broker his political glory.

He just wants to be in good terms with MCP and President Lazarus Chakwera for political goodies to continue flowing to his side. That, to me, sounds like political greed and opportunism.

Mtambo has already gone to great length campaigning for MCP in Mangochi, even apologising for the past atrocities of the one-party dictatorship.

Given a platform, all I can tell Mtambo is: register CFT as a political party, field your candidates and contest with fellow alliance partners in that regards. He must not play a civil rights activist with political colours in a political game. It’s called opportunism—quite a bad political etiquette.

Let me, then,  end where I began: Minister of Civic Education and National Unity Timothy Mtambo is exhibiting a disturbing political identity crisis that, I shudder to think, will surely cost him his well fought for political capital.

Mtambo is deeply divisive figure.

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Winstonmsowoya
Winstonmsowoya
27 days ago

WHEN PEOPLE ARE WRITING AGAINST MUTAMBO,IT MEANS THEY DO NOT HATE HIM BUT,THEY ARE TRYING TO CORRECT HIS WRONG PATHS THAT AT TIMES,WILL TURN AGAINST HIM.YES,IN A FEW DAYS HE HAS DEMONSTRATED SOME SORT OF POWER GRABS IN THE SENSE THAT HE IS EVERY WHERE IN THE COUNTRY PREACHING OVERZEALOUS TESTAMENTS THAT HAVE NO SENSE ATALL.INSTEAD OF WORKING TO UPLIFT ECONOMIC TRENDS FOR THE MOST POOREST PROVINCE IN MALAWI.FOR INSTANCE,RUMPHI CHITIPA ROAD IS STILL WHAT IT USED TO BE DURING COLONIAL RULE.IT IS NOT FAIR TO BLAME PEOPLE WHO ARE CRITICISING MTAMBO’S BRAINLESS TRENDS.MIND YOU,MALAWI IS A DEMOCRATIC STATE SINCE… Read more »

Kadenge
Kadenge
26 days ago
Reply to  Winstonmsowoya

Which is the most poorest province in Malawi?

Babs
28 days ago

Mike Fiko will not change. Multiparty Democracy allows people to excise their political right to associate. Definitely Mtambo will never support DPP like all of us will never. Leave Mtambo alone. Mwasowa nkhani zolemba

The Karanga of Soshangumve

Mtambo this, mtambo that, this is not worth of news, mtambo anali kale, pano wangotsamwa ndi ma banz

Muhariteniwo
Muhariteniwo
28 days ago

Tikambe mu chichewa kuti aliyense amvetsetse. Ine ndimachokera ku Phalombe ndipo nkhani ya Timothy Mtambo yi zambiri apa ndi NSANJE osatinso china ayi.President has not appointed you to be any cabinet minister and both the President and Vice do not know you please! Do not waste your time with all sorts of rubbish. Leave Mtambo freely and perform his duties.We know you voted for Nkhalamba yokuba but both him and yourselves failed.

KotiMan
KotiMan
28 days ago

He is useless and greedy

Hawell
Hawell
28 days ago

He is a useless guy! Does it mean tonse alliance govt are angels that need not to be corrected in their governance? these ppo were just jealousy of dpp nothing else. if he wanted to keep his fame he would have remained non partisan koma iiiiii chindele chakufwikapo ananena late Bishop Susa bcoz he is betraying malawians. He cannot support mcp candidate if anything he better choose to shut up his mouth thats it like achitira PP, Umodzi, Mafunde, etc

Kanchenga
Kanchenga
29 days ago

One of two situations. 1 Either you had been asked to write something negative about Mtambo and have been a very bad job about it. You need to know that its very difficult to write bad about a good or 2. You are intellectually barefooted. You can hardly put you facts to support each other coherently. By the way if you are a professional writer don’t write about people because you hate them. It shows clearly and it spoils your work.

CULTURE
CULTURE
29 days ago

Ma minister a ku Malawi ngati sing’anga. Kkkkkkk

Medson
Medson
29 days ago

Mtambo is useless demo politician

Tittomewa
Tittomewa
28 days ago
Reply to  Medson

Wanzeru ndani tsono? DPP ex-ministers wakuba choponyerapo mpira?
Umbuli sungathenso ngati umenewu.

ANZERU AKUMAWA
ANZERU AKUMAWA
29 days ago

Those of us who were there at High court in Blantyre to see Chakufwa Chihana know that; dont overweigh popularity. After Kamuzu, popularity of Chihana started going down. it went down together with Aford. My point is Mtambo is finished. His ministry with be reviewed shortly.

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